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Lou's dad has been addicted to painkillers since an accident left him unable to work. He's a good, loving dad, but kind of useless. Lou's mother, Zoe, a successful novelist, abandoned Lou at birth and showed no interest in her until three years ago, when Lou was twelve. Their relationship since then has been strained, but when Lou's dad has a stroke, there is nowhere else ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Orca Book Publishers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jan 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, young-adult
Review is located here:[return][... introduce Lou. Lou is a teenager living with her father. She is extremely unhappy about her entire existence, her job – social life – living situation and of course her father and mother. Her mother is an eccentric famous poet that felt raising a child wasn’t for her, so Lou was pushed on to her father were she has been exposed to drugs and alcohol growing up, until her father became sick and is now the general house care taker whe ...more
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Lou is fifteen and is basically in charge of taking care of her father who hurt his back in a work accident. Many times it is hard to tell who the real adult is. Due to unforeseen circumstances with her father's health, Lou must suddenly uproot and stay with her mother who abandoned her as a baby and she has little contact with. She only knows that she basically cramps her mother's style and can't wait to go back to her dad's. Then a mysterious woman appears at her mother's book reading and Lou ...more
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‘Escape Velocity’ by Robin Stevenson is a teen book about Lou, a girl who, after her father falls ill, must move in with her estranged mother. Her mother abandoned Lou when she was just a baby. Lou is incredibly nervous about having to stay with a woman she hardly knows, but hopes the opportunity will allow her to connect with or learn more about her mother.

There was very little, technically, wrong with the book. The writing was strong and clear. The storyline was quite well thought out, and ev
Lou is a teenager living in Alberta with her father, and she's miserable. She has no life, no friends, and her father's deteriorating health and prescription drug addictions are driving her mad. Her mother, a famous poet and author, left minutes after she was born. They reconnected when she was a older, but things have happened since that makes it difficult for them to speak to each other. When the unthinkable happens and Lou's dad ends up in the hospital after a stroke, she is shipped off to li ...more
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was touching, and i could realate in many ways. Lou's, father has a heart attack, so she has to go live with her mother who left her as a baby. While she lives with her, she goes to meet her grandmother, who is crazy. She beleived that if she found out what happened between her and her mother, she would find out why her mother doesnt like her. ...more
Tough story

I could totally relate to this story on so many levels. It is a good story for someone who grew up with an absent mother. This story reminds you that you are not alone and gives you a brief view of mental illness.
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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The story of a family where Mom took off, leaving Dad and daughter behind. And how they reconnected, finding out that Mom had major issues with her own mother that she had never tried to heal.
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Robin Stevenson is an award winning Canadian author of more than 25 books for teens and children. Her book PRIDE: CELEBRATING DIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY was a 2017 Stonewall Honor Book, and she has won or been a finalist for numerous other awards. Her other books include a board book called PRIDE COLORS, a picture book called GHOST'S JOURNEY, middle-grade non-fiction (KID ACTIVISTS) and fiction (RECO ...more

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